Irish band 'The Eskies' lose concert earnings and €10k worth of equipment in tour robbery
Popular Irish band The Eskies have been robbed at the start of their Italian tour, losing €10k worth of equipment and earnings from their concerts.
They had just completed a nine-day tour of the UK before arriving in Italy to treat Italian audiences to their unique blend of 'sea-soaked gypsy rock'.
The band - featuring Ian Bermingham, Tim George, Steven Kearney, Robert Murphy and Sean O'Rielly - lost their Italian concert earnings, as well as €10,000 worth of equipment in the robbery.
On a Facebook post, the revealed that the equipment and cash had been stolen from their van as they checked out of their hotel in Milan.
The incident was recorded on the hotel's CCTV and sees thieves make off with The Eskies' money, MacBook, Zoom recorder, GoPro camera and tour planner.
"Having stayed in Milan last night we woke up this morning and loaded the van, went back inside to leave off the room keys and in the space of the ten minutes we were inside had our van broken into right outside the front door," they wrote on Facebook.
"They took a bag with the money from all of the tickets, fees and merch from our ENTIRE UK tour. as well as a MacBook, Zoom recorder, GoPro camera and our tour planner.
"We have the whole thing on CCTV but whether or not that means anything in the long run remains to be seen.
"To say we are all feeling fairly gutted right now is an understatement, spirits are after taking a bit of a hammering but we've a day off in Padova today and then tomorrow we start a run of five straight gigs so it's on and up."
The Eskies also requested that anyone with information or a kind word can contact them.
!On the longest of long shots, if anyone has any information, ideas or even just wants to say something nice you can contact us on here or at firstname.lastname@example.org," they posted.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe fundraiser account has been set up to help the band cover some of the costs of their stolen equipment and earnings. To date, €1,960 has been raised out of a total goal of €5,000.